San Jose temple to dedicate new Torah

Temple Emanu-El in San Jose, which ended a yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary last month, has one final thing to celebrate: the completion of the writing of a Torah.

Torah L’Dor V’Dor  (generation to generation) will be dedicated on Erev Rosh Hashanah. To complete the Torah, Rabbi Dana Magat will write the last letter needed, which is actually the first letter in the Torah.

More than 400 members of the congregation participated along with sofer (scribe) Neil Yerman in the writing of the Torah during the Reform synagogue’s anniversary celebrations. Emanu-El is the oldest Jewish congregation in the Santa Clara Valley.

The writing of the Torah kicked off Aug. 7, 2011, and Yerman was charged with the task of having it ready for Rosh Hashanah this year.

The dedication will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Heritage Theater, 1 W. Campbell Ave. in Campbell, where Temple Emanu-El will be holding its High Holy Days services. For information, visit or call (408) 292-0939.